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Gary native Mia Neal first Oscar-nominated Black woman for hair/makeup

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Gary native Mia Neal first Oscar-nominated Black woman for hair/makeup


Gary native Mia Neal made history Monday as one of two Black women nominated for the first time for Oscars in the makeup and hairstyling category.

Neal and Jamika Wilson were nominated for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” a Netflix movie produced by Denzel Washington, starring the late Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis, who each received nominations. The team also included Sergio Lopez-Rivera.

“This is like an out-of-body experience,” said Neal, 41. “I don’t know what to say, I’m just so grateful. It never crossed my mind because I work behind the scenes.

“None of us expected for this to turn into this. It’s just been the most amazing roller coaster…

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